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LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany — Chemical company BASF is investing in a new specialty zeolite production facility at its headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Expected to begin production in early 2014, the plant will significantly increase BASF’s production capacity for special zeolites, which are used as raw materials in diesel automotive emissions catalysts.
According to the company’s website, increasingly stringent automotive emissions regulations such as the US 2010 standard and the upcoming EURO 6 standard are leading to rising demand for advanced exhaust-gas treatment catalysts, such as those produced at BASF’s emissions catalysts production sites in Huntsville, Ala.; Nienburg, Germany; and Shanghai, China.
“This investment allows us to backward integrate our production processes for leading-edge exhaust-gas treatment systems, helping increase our operating efficiency while creating sustainable solutions for cleaner air,” said Dr. Hans-Peter Neumann, BASF senior vice president, Process Catalysts and Technologies. “At the same time, we expect strong market demand for specialty zeolites in the years ahead. This new plant and increased production capacity will allow us to address both areas of growth and opportunity, while creating 19 jobs at the Ludwigshafen site.”
In addition to automotive emissions solutions, the new specialty zeolite plant will support applications in the chemical, petrochemical and refining sectors.